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Clever As Serpents: Business Ethics and Office Politics (Zacchaeus Studies: Theology) [Paperback]

By Jim Grote (Author), John McGeeney (Joint Author) & Monika K. Hellwig (Editor)
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Centuries ago, Thomas Aquinas remarked that there can be no joy in life if there is no joy in one's work. Drawing upon the seminal insights of Rene Gerard, "Clever as Serpents" confronts this timeless issue of finding peace in one's work and offers practical guidance on how people, acting together, can cultivate virtuous business.

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Drawing upon the seminal insights of Rene Girard, Clever as Serpents confronts the timeless issue of finding peace in one's work and offers practical guidance on how people, acting together, can cultivate virtuous business.

Clever as Serpents provides ethical insight into business life, the job market, and office politics, revealing that business culture, while often corrupt, can be transformed through the practice of asceticism. It suggests that business asceticism embraces and masters the discomforts of business life through a disciplined and unique approach to the rigors of the competitive marketplace.

Clever as Serpents is divided into two parts -- theory and strategy. Chapters one through five deal with a unique approach to management theory and the behavior of financial markets. Chapters six through ten deal with practical techniques for dealing with the jungle of office politics.

For the many people who experience the workplace as frustrating or unfair, who struggle with office politics -- as well as the question of whether their workday lives have any religious significance or spiritual depth -- this work provides concrete suggestions for practicing an ethics of survival, of success, and of redemption. Intelligent and pastoral in its uses, Clever as Serpents also helps today's lay Catholics know more about how canon law affects their lives.

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.15" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814658679  
ISBN13  9780814658673  

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Ethics for Business, Ethics for Life  Nov 10, 2007
Clever as Serpents is a wonderful book that elucidates the cause of human conflict. The ethical implications reach far beyond the business world. Using the insight of mimetic theory, the authors focus on the term "borrowed desire" to explain why we fall into conflict. Because we are social creatures, we influence one another in profound ways, including the objects we desire. We "borrow" the desires of others. This leads us into conflict for objects, but soon the conflict over the object turns into an intense rivalry to displace the other person. If both people are prominent, they will redirect their frustrations on someone else - a scapegoat. The authors use wonderful real life illustrations to explain this process.

What is really great about this book is that the authors provide practical suggestions to ethical problems resulting from "borrowed desire." The discussion about the meaning of success was especially helpful to me.

Clever as Serpents is inexpensive and at about 120 pages, it's a quick read. Helpful discussion questions are provided, so it would be a good book to read in a group. Highly recommended.
Highly recommended  Sep 19, 2003
These men clearly are intelligent and well-informed on the topic. It's not a breeze to read, but I don't think it was intended to be. Fascinating analysis of business ethics. I've read other articles by Grote, and I'd love to see McGeeney publish something else. Highly recommended.
Let's Not Celebrate the Decline of Business Ethics  Nov 27, 2002
Not a very informative book, it's also a pretty depressing one.
One wonders who is being digged at between the pages.
Not reccomended.

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